Steel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Steel goes back 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who was strong or reliable. The surname Steele is a metaphor likening the constitution of its bearer to the hard metal of the same name.

Early Origins of the Steel family

The surname Steel was first found in Cheshire where they held a family seat from very early times where they were Lords of the manor of Giddy Hall near Sandbach, and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

They were conjecturally descended from Bigot de Loges, a Norman noble who attended King William at the Battle of Hastings. However, William the Conqueror suppressing an uprising by his northern nobles in 1070, laid waste all of Sandbach, a large district in Cheshire, and the family moved north to Scotland.

Early History of the Steel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Steel research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1259, 1524, 1637, 1610, 1680, 1643, 1616, 1662, 1697, 1629, 1692, 1680, 1672, 1729 and are included under the topic Early Steel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Steel Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Steel has been recorded under many different variations, including Steele, Steill, Steel, Steal and others.

Early Notables of the Steel family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Steele (1610-1680), English lawyer and politician from Sandbach, Cheshire, Lord Chancellor of Ireland, grandfather of Sir Richard Steele of Dublin; Thomas Steele (d. 1643), who was shot for surrendering Beeston Castle in the Civil War; and Laurence Steele (bap...
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Steel World Ranking

In the United States, the name Steel is the 4,484th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Steel is ranked the 732nd most popular surname with an estimated 5,305 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Steel is the 517th popular surname with an estimated 1,334 people with that name. [3] The United Kingdom ranks Steel as 603rd with 10,843 people. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Steel family to Ireland

Some of the Steel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Steel migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Steels were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Steel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Steel, who settled in Connecticut in 1640
  • Clement Steel, who settled in Virginia in 1651
  • Eliz Steel, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [5]
  • Matthew Steel, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [5]
  • Isaac Steel, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1683 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dennis Steel, who arrived in Virginia in 1715 [5]
  • Roelof Steel, who arrived in New York in 1715 [5]
  • Joost Steel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [5]
  • Mathew Steel, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [5]
  • Hugh Steel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1759 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Moses Steel, who arrived in New York in 1801 [5]
  • Archibald Steel, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [5]
  • Margaret Steel, aged 26, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [5]
  • Martha Steel, who arrived in America in 1805 [5]
  • Mary Steel, who landed in America in 1805 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Steel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Steel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Christn Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Steel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Steel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Steel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Steel, who arrived in Canada in 1828
  • William Steel, aged 25, who landed in Quebec in 1833
  • Samuel Steel, aged 10, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Ann Steel, aged 64, who arrived in Quebec in 1834
  • Hugh Steel, aged 60, who landed in Quebec in 1834
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Steel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Steel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Steel, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Steel, British Convict who was convicted in Norfolk, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 27th October 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Eliza Steel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [8]
  • Mr. Thomas Wilson Steel, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Eden" on 12th March 1842, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Island) [9]
  • Eliza Steel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Steel migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Steel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Steel, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Thomas Steel, British settler as part of the 8th Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [11]
  • Mrs. Margaret Steel née Hunt, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Oriental Queen" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 18th September 1849 [11]
  • Mr. John Steel, (b. 1831), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [11]
  • David Pike Steel, aged 22, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

West Indies Steel migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [12]
Steel Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Isaack Steel, who settled in Barbados in 1683

Contemporary Notables of the name Steel (post 1700) +

  • Danielle Fernandes Dominique Schuelein- Steel (b. 1947), American author known for her romance novels, current best selling author alive and the fourth bestselling fiction author of all time; she has over 800 million copies sold
  • Dorothy Steel (1926-2021), American film and television actress who was known for starting her career in the industry at the age of 88, appearing in Hollywood films including Black Panther, Poms, and Jumanji: The Next Level
  • Robert King "Bob" Steel (b. 1951), American businessman, financier and politician, Deputy Mayor of New York City for Economic Development and Rebuilding (2010-2014), 16th Under Secretary for Domestic Finance (2006-2008)
  • Kat Steel, American actress, voice actress, presenter and model from West Bloomfield, Michigan
  • John Robert Steel (b. 1948), American set theorist at University of California, Berkeley
  • John W. Steel (1895-1971), American tenor who was featured in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 and 1920
  • Doctor Phineas Waldolf Steel, born Rion Vernon, an American musician and internet personality from Los Angeles
  • Dawn Leslie Steel (1946-1997), American studio head, one of the first women to run a major Hollywood film studio
  • George Steel, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 13th District, 1896
  • George Steel, American politician, Mayor of Dixon, Illinois, 1891-92
  • ... (Another 53 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Mr. Ralph Augustus Steel (d. 1979), American passenger, from USA aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; he died in the crash [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Douglas M Steel (b. 1897), English Commander (Instructor) serving for the Royal Navy from Boston, Lincolnshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Robert Edward Steel (d. 1912), age unknown, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [15]


Suggested Readings for the name Steel +

  • The Steele Family in America by Steele Barnett.

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  3. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th March 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/coromandel
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th December 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/eden
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  13. ^ Mount Erebus, Memorial, Roll of Remembrance (Retrieved 2018, February 21st). Retrieved from http://www.erebus.co.nz/memorialandawards/rollofremembrance.aspx
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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